Delirium is an acute/sudden change in brain function that causes a person to appear confused or disoriented.
The person with delirium will have difficulties maintaining focus, thinking clearly, remembering recent events, appearing agitated or drowsy, typically with a fluctuating course. Delirium can develop within a few hours, to days or weeks.
An elderly may present with only symptoms of delirium which may indicate an underlying acute medical condition. Hence, if you notice these symptoms in your loved ones, do seek immediate medical attention.
Delirium is a common cause for elderly to be admitted to hospital and delirium may also develop during the hospital stay. Early identification and treatment is important as delirium can be reversed, and the individual may return back to his/her usual self.